This is an extremely large new build, in the open countryside and replacing what was a locally listed farmhouse which although very complex in how we approached the planning application, resulted in us getting permission to demolish the site and create this amazing manor house in a stunning rural location with far reaching views.
Our clients had gone to several large architectural practices looking at options / designs to extend the existing farmhouse and barns previously, as well as the possibility to demolish. Although neither the previous architects or the clients were aware of the listing and associated complexities involved in demolishing the site at this point, our clients concern in considering this as an option was that they did not want their family home to look like a new-build house with no character which is why they came to us initially.
After a detailed examination of the house and an initial planning appraisal by our planning consultant, we determined that the house had little architectural/historic significance as it had been extended and altered significantly over the years by previous owners, but we did uncover that it was local listed, much to the surprise of our clients who had only just bought the house and this was never identified.
The lengthy process of detailed design as well as an combined approach with the local authority from our planning consultant, conservation consultant and our commercial legal consultants resulted in us getting obtaining permission for this very large and architecturally striking home in open countryside.